Congressional Newsletters

RAND Congressional newsletters and alerts highlight our research on the most relevant issues in the public policy debate. See the most recent issues below.

  • The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a mausoleum in Pyongyang, North Korea, photo by narvikk/iStock
    North Korea

    How Does North Korea Evade Sanctions?

    Oct 21, 2021

    New RAND research provides a detailed analysis of four North Korean sanctions evasion techniques and examines the various entities involved in these activities.

  • Out-of-focus image of a man sitting against a wall, photo by Vilin Visuals / Getty
    Veterans Health Care

    Suicide Prevention for U.S. Veterans

    Oct 12, 2021

    What role can research and public health efforts play in suicide prevention among U.S. veterans? Rajeev Ramchand outlines four strategies that are critical for preventing veteran suicides.

  • TV news anchor obscured by screen of interference over a Russian flag, images by namussi/Getty Images and Piotr Krzeslak/Adobe Stock; design by Rick Penn-Kraus/RAND Corporation
    Russia

    Understanding and Defending Against Russia's Malign and Subversive Information Efforts in Europe

    Sep 29, 2021

    The authors of a new RAND report describe apparent efforts conducted by Russia and its agents involving the use of information to shape Russia's operating environment, focusing on the European context, and draw from existing practice to describe possible defensive approaches.

  • Syrian refugee children in the Ketermaya refugee camp, outside Beirut, Lebanon on June 1, 2014, photo by Dominic Chavez/World Bank

    What Can Be Done to Help Global Refugees Return Home?

    Sep 15, 2021

    Refugees make up roughly 30 million of the over 80 million people displaced globally. The authors of a new RAND report examine barriers to, and facilitators of, the safe and sustained return of refugees.

  • A pharmacist scanning a bar code on a box of prescription medication, photo by MJ_Prototype/Getty Images
    Health Care Costs

    International Reference Pricing Would Have Saved the U.S. $83.5 Billion in 2020

    Sep 13, 2021

    A new study from researchers at the RAND Corporation estimated potential savings on U.S. drug spending under these conditions and found that implementing international reference pricing along the lines of H.R. 3 would have lowered U.S. spending on certain prescription drugs by 52.3 percent, or $83.5 billion, in 2020.

  • Students return to school wearing masks at Wilder Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky, August 11, 2021, photo by Amira Karaoud/Reuters
    Education Policy

    RAND Education Resources

    Sep 2, 2021

    A roundup of RAND's recent education research features results from a parent survey about COVID-19 safety practices in U.S. schools. It also includes insights on school staffing, investments in preschool, and middle-skills workforce development.

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with the Russian Security Council
    Afghanistan

    Understanding Russian Grand Strategy

    Aug 31, 2021

    A new RAND report examined and tested elements of Russia's stated grand strategy and then outlined what behaviors would be expected if Russia's behavior reflected that strategy.

  • An elderly married couple receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time inside the Korean Community Services center in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, February 11, 2021, photo by Anthony Behar/Reuters
    Vaccination

    Initial COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths

    Aug 26, 2021

    As the United States confronts an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths fueled by the delta variant, a new study from researchers at the RAND Corporation and Indiana University provides support for policies that expand vaccine administration. The study finds that the first few months of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign prevented nearly 140,000 deaths and 3 million cases of COVID-19 nationwide.

  • A U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor prepares to initiate "Lights," the start of her platoon's morning routine, photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley/U.S. Marine Corps
    Gender Integration in the Military

    Countering Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Military

    Aug 26, 2021

    To help prevent sexual assault and harassment in the military, a new RAND report offers specific recommendations for policymakers, focused on enhancing accountability, improving knowledge and skills needed to prevent sexual assault and harassment, and enacting a research agenda for the Defense Department to set the standard for excellence in prevention.

  • People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021, photo by Stringer/Reuters
    Afghanistan

    Collapse in Afghanistan: Early Insights from RAND Researchers

    Aug 19, 2021

    The sudden end to America's longest war came Sunday as the Taliban rolled into the capital of Afghanistan and the national government collapsed. Even as the situation remains in flux, RAND experts have shared some of their initial thoughts on topics such as the issues fleeing Afghans may face, how the United States can protect refugees, and the implications of Afghanistan's collapse on terrorism and geopolitics.

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    United States

    Summer Reading List for Congress

    Aug 18, 2021

    With a busy fall schedule approaching, many will spend time in August examining topics sure to top Congress' agenda after recess. This review provides insights from RAND on issues including Afghanistan, early childhood education, China, violent extremism, Truth Decay, and telehealth.

  • Hospital bed in a hospital corridor, photo by PeopleImages/Getty Images
    Health Care Costs

    Impacts of Consolidation and Integration on Health Systems

    Aug 4, 2021

    Public attention and regulatory scrutiny are increasingly focused on health care consolidation--both horizontal and vertical. A growing body of research sheds light on whether integration represents a value add to U.S. health care.